Revolutionary Women: Some Stencils

One of the nice things about running the Kersplebedeb website is that people sometimes send me neat stuff. As an example of this, back in January i was sent this superb little zine, the Revolutionary Women Stencil Book, from Cherry Bombs Comics in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

It contained black-and-white stencils of twelve revolutionary women, along with short biographical sketches.

Methought this was a very nice idea, paying hommage to and celebrating the "lives, deeds, and leadership of women of the revolution."

With permission from Tui, who put the original zine together, i scanned the stencils and converted them in resolution-independent WMF and EPS files (as well as really big JPGs). With the right software - hopefully available at your local library if not on your computer - you should be able to use these images to make your own zines, t-shirts, buttons, flyposters... you get the idea... just right-click the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster).

Since then, i sold many many pamphlets, until 2010, when PM Press took the project and expanded it, publishing Revolutionary Women: A Stencil Book, which effectively replaced the previous publication.

To learn more about these women, do a web search, go to the library, or else order a copy of the new Revolutionary Women: A Stencil Book here.


Angela Davis (born 1944)

"Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.' You can't ask a mother to moderately snatch her baby out of a burning house. Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime."

Angela Davis
 
 Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster).   
Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

"Only anarchist revolution and not the ballot will set women free, will make her a force hither to unknown in the World, a force of divine fire, of giving creation of free men and women."

Emma Goldman
 

Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 


Guerilla    
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Harriet Tubman


"There's two things I've got a right to, and these are death and liberty. One or the other I mean to have. No one will take me back alive; I shall fight for my liberty, and when the time has come for us to go, the Lord will let them killm me."


Harriet Tubman    
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Leila Khaled (born 1944)

"In the beginning, all women had to prove that we could be equal to men in armed struggle. So we wanted to be like men - even in our appearance... I no longer think it's necessary to prove ourselves as women by imitating men. I have learned that a woman can be a fighter, a freedom fighter, a political activist, and that she can fall in love, and be loved, she can be married, have children, be a mother... Revolution must mean life also; every aspect of life."

Leila Khaled    
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Louise Michel

"We revolutionaries aren't just chasing a scarlet flag. What we pursue is an awakening of liberty, old or new. It is the ancient Communes of France, it is 1703; it is June 1848; it is 1871. Most especially it is the next revolution which is advancing under this dawn."

Louise Michel
 

Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Lucia Sanchez Saornil (1897-1970)

Fists upraised, women of Iberia
towards horizons pregnant with light
on paths afire
feet on the ground
face to the blue sky.
Affirming the promise of life
we defy tradition
we mould the warm clay
of a new world born of pain.
Let the past vanish into nothingness!
What do we care for yesterday!
We want to write anew the word WOMAN.
Fists upraised, women of the world
towards the horizons pregnant with light
on paths afire
onward, onward
toward the light.


Lucia Sanchez Saornil
 
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Nora Connolly O'Brien (1893-1981)

"For many centuries, we ni Ireland have had an unbroken tradition of each generation having an armed uprising against Britain. In my generation we had an armed uprising in 1916 with the proclamation of freedom of the Republic of Ireland... Here we are rising again, and if we go down, we'll rise again!"

Nora Connolly O'Brien    
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Phoolan Devi (1963-2001)

"You can call it rape in your fancy language. Do yuo have any idea what it's like to live in a village in India? What you call rape, that kind of thing happens to poor women in the villages every day. It is assumed that the daughters of the poor are for the use of the rich"
"The fear of a gun is a powerful thing."


Phoolan Devi
 
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Qiu Jin (c.1875-1907)

"Strive for women power
We women love our freedom
Raise a cup of wine to our efforts for freedom
May heaven bestow equality on men and women
We will rise in fight, yes! Drag ourselves up!
Old customs were deeply humiliating:
Young girls were actually mated like cows
New light dawns ina time of illustrious culture
Man's desire to stand alone, supreme, to enslave us
Underlings must be torn up by the roots...


Qui Jin
 
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Comandante Ramona (1939-2005)

"We want a Mexico that takes us into account as human beings, that respects us and that recognizes our dignity. Therefore we want to unite our small Zapatista voice with the large voice of all who fight for a new Mexico. We have come here in order to should together that never more will there be a Mexico without us."
"Our hope is that one day our situation will change, that we women will be treated with respect, justice and democracy."


Commandante Ramona    
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 


Revolutionary Soldiers
 
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 
Vera Zasulich (1849-1919)

"It was hard to starve during summer but what will it be during the severe frost? What expectations have these intrepid fighters for the right to have, between the time of work and sleep, three hours of leisure 'as befits human beings'?"

Vera Zasulich
 
Just right-click on the appropriate link and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..." to download either WMF or EPS files (which are resolution-independent) or JPG file (raster). 
 

 

Feh Mah Nist